New Forest School at Northern Counties opens!

We are pleased to announce that our new Forest School opened last week, 19th September at our Northern Counties school in Jesmond, Newcastle.

Our Forest School has been possible due to a grant of £15,000 from the Masonic Charitable Foundation. This was part of the MCF awards in 2017 where we were delighted to win a share of £3 million.

The outdoor space will provide a unique learning environment which will enable children to develop their self-confidence, language and physical skills and help relieve stress and anxiety.

Huge thanks are due to the Masonic Charitable Foundation for their generous donation, funds from The Mel Weir Charitable Trust towards this project and a huge thanks to everybody who voted for us last year!

We were lucky enough to also have support from local landscape designer Brad Docherty from One Landscapes who worked on the project as well as Cowell’s Garden Centre.

Helping with digging and planting were teams of volunteers from Virgin Money and CDC Wealth Management Ltd, a Chartered Financial Planning firm- weeding and the planting over 200 plants!

Thanks again to everybody involved, this Forest school will be enjoyed by our students for years to come!



We are honoured to have been chosen by the TUI Newcastle Base as the new TUI Care Foundation charity partner for the next 18 months!

They will be having on board collections of foreign coins and selling scratch cards on all their Newcastle inbound flights, with 33% of all the money raised going to support the Percy Hedley Foundation.

We launched the partnership with a cake sale and raffle in their Crew Room at Newcastle Airport and our Community Fundraising & Events Manager, Maria Hallett,  spent a brilliant day helping out and learning all about their work.

We are delighted with this new partnership, thanks to everyone at TUI Newcastle!

Volunteers Wanted!

We are looking for volunteers to come and cheer on our #TeamPercyHedley runners at the Great North Run.

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in Europe and is famous for its amazing atmosphere and crowd! This year we have around 100 runners taking on this challenge and are aiming to raise over £25,000  from the event to support  disabled children and adults. Our runners have put in months of training and hard work fundraising so we think they deserve the biggest cheers out there on the course!

What you’ll be doing

  • As a Cheer Point Volunteer you will be cheering on our runners and boosting morale along the course by showing your support.
  • We will send you a full brief before the day, as well as providing you with a Percy Hedley Foundation t-shirt and cheer materials to make sure you’re all set to cheer your heart out in support of our amazing runners!


The event is on 9th September and we would require you to volunteer from approx 9am – 2pm. We are looking for volunteers to cheer at two areas:

  • Newcastle Cheer Point:  Help our runners get off to the best start by cheering them on at start of the race as they set off
  • South Shields Cheer Point: Near the end of the race, to cheer the runners on their final stretch.

Or if you can set up a Cheering Point at any other place on along the run then we’d also love to hear from you.

If you’re interested please contact our Fundraising Team on 0191 212 7878 or email

The Gingerbread Man

Northern Counties recently presented their fantastic Gingerbread man film to their families, teachers and staff. As well as watching the film the audience were treated to gingerbread men snacks handed out by the children, and a special presentation showing all the hard work that went into putting the film together.

Huge well done to everybody involved!


Click here to view the fantastic short film-

The Percy Hedley Foundation and Northern Counties are delighted to be in the Groundwork Tesco bags of help scheme during July and August.

Together we can help secure the top grant of £4k!

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch its community funding scheme, which sees grants of £4,000, £2,000 and £1,000 raised from carrier bag sales in Tesco stores awarded to local community projects and we are delighted to be one of the groups on the shortlist.


To vote, you need to make a purchase within store of any value between Sunday 1st July –  Friday 31st August.

You will receive one token per transaction, it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag in order to receive a token, and all votes will go towards helping to secure a grant to buy and fit a specialist wheelchair accessible roundabout for outdoor play.


“The wheelchair accessible roundabout will enable young people with very complex needs to experience being on a roundabout which they will have not been able to access before. This will provide a new sensory experience and will support the development of each child’s individual communication skills. But most importantly it will be fun!”

Claire Ramsey, Deputy Head at Northern Counties School.


So, next time you shop at one of the below Tesco stores, think of us and the joy you could bring to the Children at The Percy Hedley Foundation!


Kingston Park, Tesco Extra NE3 2FP

Chillingham Road, Newcastle Express NE6 5LL

Gosforth, Newcastle Express NE3 3BQ

Jesmond, Newcastle Metro NE2 2DJ

Benton Road, Newcastle Express NE7 7EW

Newcastle NE3 2FP

Newcastle Barrack Road Express NE14 BT

Newcastle Chapel Express NE5 1DR

Newcastle Eldon Square

Newcastle Sheildfield Express NE2 1TB

Newcastle Upon Tyne Express NE1 4PW

Newcastle West Road Express NE15 6PQ



We are delighted to announce that Oli Crawshaw won the Northern Children of Courage sporting achievement award in May. Oli has Spinal muscular atrophy type 2 (SMA II), an inherited condition which affects his muscles. It is characterised primarily by progressive muscle weakness, but that has not stopped Oli in his determination to learn and do well in life.

Oli goes to Marine Park First School and started playing Boccia in September 2016 at the After School Disabled Sports Club at Percy Hedley School. He now plays both Boccia and Powerchair Football and has recently been picked for the Newcastle United Foundation ‘Mini Magpies’ team which is in the Premier League for Powerchair Football. He is the youngest player ever to be picked to be in the Vipers UK Training Squad, a tough and very competitive pathway to hopefully being picked for the Boccia England Paralympic Team. Oli turns up for every single training session, despite ongoing treatment which take a huge effort.  His commitment and enthusiasm is immense and inspirational to other children. This award will spur him on, to live life to the maximum and enjoy the sport he loves.

Printworks Install New printer

Printworks, based on the Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate, have recently installed a brand new six colour large format Canon printer.

Complementing their popular digital and lithographic services, the addition of the large format option will allow for the production of eye catching posters, banners, photos, canvas prints and other point of sale products in full vibrant colour.

The first job to “roll off the press”, was a banner for Belford First School in Northumberland.

Head Teacher, Janet Robinson said…

“Thank you for the excellent work you have done on the banner for Belford First School. It was a pleasure to work alongside you all to produce a banner incorporating the children’s work that will be proudly displayed in the school entrance. You made the process from design to print easy, due to your teams approachable attitude. We are delighted to have been able to give you the opportunity to test out your new printer and look forward to working with you in the future on other projects. “

For all your print requirements contact Printworks on 0191 258 8907.


Hedleys Adult Services Achieve 100%

We are delighted to announce that Hedleys Adult Services was recently awarded 100% in a quality and inspection visit from North Tyneside Council!

This would not have been possible without the amazing dedication from our staff and of course the wonderful people who come along to the wide range of activities we have on offer.Adult Services Report